ASIA/IRAQ - Chaldean Bishops: may Christians be involved in the new government

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 sectaniarism  

Erbil (Agenzia Fides) - The request to include even Christian politicians in the government, the invitation to the faithful not to be persuaded by those who promote their escape from Iraq, and a clear statement of support to all national military groups engaged in the fight against the jihadists of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate: are some of the points that emerged from the meeting held by the Iraqi Bishops this morning, under the presidency of Patriarch Louis Raphael I, to assess the development of the situation in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. The meeting was held in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil, where the Christian communities of the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan are concentrated. In the final official statement, sent to Agenzia Fides, the Iraqi Bishops express their "pride" for the victories and successes obtained in the fight against "terrorist organization" by the army of the Islamic State of Iraq in collaboration with the Kurdish Peshmerga militia, the forces of self-defense and the Sunni tribes. The Chaldean Bishops also express the hope that the liberation of Mosul and Nineveh Plain will be achieved soon. In addition, they appeal to the "wise Islamic authorities" to contribute together to the stabilization and security of the nation, promoting "human rights" and putting aside "privileges and personal, partisan and sectarian interests, in the awareness that national reconciliation can be achieved only through genuine political partnership, "away from sectarian quotas and favoritism in all its forms". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 05/04/2016)